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Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1980-12-13


Topics Live concert


Feel Like A Stranger-> Sugaree-> CC Rider, To Lay Me Down-> Minglewood Blues, Ramble On Rose, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia, E: One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date December 13, 1980
Venue Long Beach Arena
Location Long Beach, CA

Source Audience Recording: Nak 700
Lineage (FOB) Nak 700 -> Cm -> Reel -> Dat > shn
Taped by
Transferred by


Notes

Complete; (FOB) Nak 700 -> Cm -> Reel -> Dat shn encoding Charlie Miller

Reviews

Reviewer: deadheaddom - - November 8, 2010
Subject: Gem for sure
Awesome show, Jerry and the band were on fire. This is also and awesome aud.

Loved the sugaree, fire on the mountain, and black peter.

For you black peter fans, this one is up there, rivals 5/7/78 (this one is by far the best imo).

Reviewer: thebone - - February 8, 2010
Subject: "Road Trips" Worthy
This is the quintessential early 80's show. The performance aptly demonstrates why this was such a great era for the Dead, and why their crowds would begin to surge over the next few years.

Killer 1st set versions of Stranger, Sugaree, To Lay Me Down and Deal. The blistering Scarlet>Fire and D/S with Airto and Flora were real treats. As with all great shows, Jerry was on like Donkey Kong.

Wish I could have been there, but it's great to just listen and enjoy!
Reviewer: Fin, jr. - - December 14, 2007
Subject: Fine Show!
Great AUD recording, crisp and clear. I found this one on GD shows on this day in history. It was as well a great day to be a little black dog on his birthday.
Reviewer: St.Stephen71 - - July 26, 2006
Subject: pretty good sound quality
i love minglewood blues
Reviewer: Street Pig - - March 8, 2006
Subject: Listen to this AUD
When Jer was on he was ON! this is a great example. Thanks again Charlie for keeping us AUD freaks happy!
Reviewer: Gomez1010 - - February 11, 2006
Subject: Humdinger...and a nice mix to boot.
Scarlet>Fire is a real gem - the Fire in particular has become one of my favorites...The boys are tight and Jer is in the pocket throwing it down - give it a listen you won't be disappointed.
Reviewer: J Chazen - - December 14, 2005
Subject: sound
The best audience tape of the era I've heard...
Reviewer: phgrant - - April 3, 2005
Subject: Scarlet>Fire
At the risk of being repetitive, I will just say that this is one for the ages. The first set is tight and powerful, but is merely an appetizer for an out of this world Scarlet Fire. Stop what you are doing and listen ASAP!
Reviewer: Brent K - - March 10, 2005
Subject: Ah Long Beach of the early 80's!
This for me is the definitive Grateful Dead concert. Not my first -- it was my 4th. But it was when I became a dancing fool and a devotee for life. This will always be my perfect "Scarlet Begonias"/"Fire on the Mountain".
The police and wide isles is what made Long Beach. The top floor is encircled by the widest walk ways you have ever seen -- 20 feet wide -- a dancing paradise -- and right out there with great sound. The Long Beach police were so cool. If you were dancing all was great. But if someone was just standing, blocking the dance party, the police would come up and tell them, "you are going to have to either dance or take your seat." And the sound! That was back in the day when they used horsepower, not all this fancy technology of today. Today it seems you can barely hear at a venue. I mean this is rock and roll people.
I noticed Dead Base doesn't mention it, but John Cipollina played on "Not Fade Away".
Reviewer: savagejim - - February 8, 2005
Subject: Eyewitness account
This having been my only Dead show to ever attend, I have nothing else to compare it to. It's only been the last five years or so that I have really gotten into the Dead. All I can really remember of this show was the energy of the audience, I had never seen anything like it, before or since.
Every time Jerry broke into a solo, the audience became electrified. The drum set was especially memorable, when the drum/percussion was lowered down, the place went nuts. The other highlught was the show closer, Sugar Magnolia. I am just now downloading the shn files of the show and enjoying the heckout of it!
Reviewer: zarah'sdad - - December 10, 2004
Subject: Nice addition
What a fun show! The boys seem to have an especially good time. Ditto what everyone else has said with my two cents.

Sugaree is mighty fine. Sailor>Saint is extremely intense, one of the finer versions I have heard. Of course sugar mags is awesome and pretty heavy.

A nive addition to the collection!
Reviewer: zarah'sdad - - December 10, 2004
Subject: Nice addition
What a fun show! The boys seem to have an especially good time. Ditto what everyone else has said with my two cents.

Sugaree is mighty fine. Sailor>Saint is extremely intense, one of the finer versions I have heard. Of course sugar mags is awesome and pretty heavy.

A nive addition to the collection!
Reviewer: secret_agent_towlie - - November 26, 2004
Subject: Yowza!
Nice recording of a very solid show! Picked this up on the worthwhile merits of "To Lay Me Down" and was not disapointed in the least. "Sugaree" is worthy of mention as is a strong "Minglewood".

But without a doubt the conversation would have to be about "Scarlet--->Fire": just a fantabulous version of "Scarlet" with a very fluid impovisation from Garcia leading all the way back to a ferocious workout on the Scarlet coda before exiting that explosion for a TOP NOTCH "Fire on the Mountain". Again, all the instrumental breaks are taken to the HILT and in reverse from how it began Jerry SLAMS the door shut on a torrid "Fire" solo by exploding into the refrain of the "Scarlet" coda.....ahhhhh.....

Scarlet-->Fire fans this is for you.
Reviewer: secret_agent_towlie - - November 26, 2004
Subject: Yowza!
Nice recording of a very solid show! Picked this up on the worthwhile merits of "To Lay Me Down" and was not disapointed in the least. "Sugaree" is worthy of mention as is a strong "Minglewood".

But without a doubt the conversation would have to be about "Scarlet--->Fire": just a fantabulous version of "Scarlet" with a very fluid impovisation from Garcia leading all the way back to a ferocious workout on the Scarlet coda before exiting that explosion for a TOP NOTCH "Fire on the Mountain". Again, all the instrumental breaks are taken to the HILT and in reverse from how it began Jerry SLAMS the door shut on a torrid "Fire" solo by exploding into the refrain of the "Scarlet" coda.....ahhhhh.....

Scarlet-->Fire fans this is for you.
Reviewer: deadtothecore - - August 3, 2004
Subject: Black Peter
A really good AUD. The kind that has just enough crowd to send you back in time.
Second set is a gem.
Black Peter just grabs you.
Recommend for sure.
Reviewer: cardinal4 - - July 30, 2004
Subject: Smokin' Scarlet
You guys are right, this Scarlet/Fire smokes!
Reviewer: Kwork - - July 29, 2004
Subject: It's here!
To Lay Me Down is included here. I'm listening to it now. Beautiful.
Reviewer: Augy - - July 28, 2004
Subject: Well, since you'll beat me to it
I've been waiting to write a review of this since I've refeered to it in comparisom in other reviews. But absolutely yes, the Scarlet Begonias, except for a lyric flub, -> Fire never ceases to blow me away; amongst other fine parts, such as Airto on percussion, and sitting at Mickey's kit through Black Peter.
I was fortunate enough to see all but one of Airto and Flora's appearances with Grateful Dead, and two including the very first, of Planet Drum shows, besides on their own or with other acts.
Like I've stated elsewhere as of this writing, my review is strictly on performance. So if what the fellow says is true, that To Lay Me Down is missing; that is truely a shame, because it too, is outstanding !
And the next day is great also.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - - July 27, 2004
Subject: wrong set list?
either the list is wrong, or there are some cut/left out tracks. After the delightful Sugaree, CC and lay me down are missing, goes directly into minglewood. Tatey leads thru-out deal, into a raging sat night to close out the first set. Second set is a show stunner, and starts out with a fan favorite. Enjoy

Wow, Scarlet/Fire just knocked me out, Fire Crescendo was amazing
Reviewer: Jonathan Rozes - - July 26, 2004
Subject: A real smoker!
Everything in this show is solid at a minimum, with a real standout version of Scarlet->Fire, a rockin' Saturday Night and what gets my vote for the finest Black Peter ever (though I vacillate between this one and 10/12/77 depending on the phase of the moon). The Rumor Mill has it that this was Dick's favorite BP as well, so if you don't believe me, believe Dick (or the Rumor Mill, at least).

I have another recording of the second set that I think Jim Wise may have made - the sound is a little more colored overall, but the bass response is slightly better, more focussed and punchy than what you hear on this recording. It would be nice to see that and any other sources out there uploaded in their entirety.
Reviewer: iain cohn - - July 24, 2004
Subject: A Great Second Set
This is one of those shows where it seems everything comes together. The soundboard for this show exists, but this audience is a real gem. There is some audible audience noise but every note of the band can be heard. The band is flawless in the second set. The Scarlet -> Fire, and the Playing -> Drums are standout renditions. They are very tight but still manage to explode with energy and vibrancy.
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